Texas Tech hosted numerous recruits over the weekend, some of whom are already committed to other schools that the Red Raiders are hoping to sway.
Khari Harding is being looked at as a safety or outside linebacker at the collegiate level.
One in particular was Arkansas commit Khari Harding, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound safety out of Sante Fe High School in Lawton, Okla.
“It was good,” Harding said. “I saw the campus a little bit and drove around it again with my dad. I talked to the coaches and had a good time down there.”
Harding said Arkansas is still his top school, but in no particular order he is also considering Tech, Kansas State, Arizona State and Oregon State.
Harding said Texas Tech offered him a scholarship on his visit and he really likes the coaches and the family atmosphere.
“When I talked to coach (Art) Kaufman, he said they don’t have to lie,” Harding said. “They tell me the truth straight up. He said they don’t have the fastest athletes, but they do their jobs correctly and they need more speed back there. He told me also to pick the best place for me. They’re all straight up guys.”
Harding said Tech wants him to play outside linebacker and come hard off the edge.
“I have good instincts,” Harding said. “I get to the ball quick.”
Different qualities stand out to him about each of the other schools.
Arizona State holds family ties as his father was raised in Arizona.
“He didn’t end up going there, he changed his mind,” Harding said. “They have great facilities. They are a team coming up in the rankings. Coach (Joe) Lorig said I would play my first year. They started six freshmen this year. They’d put me at safety. They have great facilities and they are always on top of me about my grades”
Harding said Kansas State’s record of graduating players is a plus.
“Kansas State graduates all their football players,” Harding said. “They have the highest graduation rate in Big 12 and they have a great coach.”
Harding likes how the Beavers are an up-and-coming program.
“They’re doing good too,” Harding said. “I don’t know much about them, but I just like them.”
One thing really stood out about the Red Raiders on his visit.
“They are team oriented,” Harding said. “They do what they need to do as a team. They don’t have one player that tries to do everything, one standout. They come together as a team.”
Harding said although Arkansas isn’t doing too well right now, he’s still committed to them because of their academics.